Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillors on Powys County Council have secured significant improvements to the way the work and decisions of the Council’s Cabinet are scrutinized. The Cabinet takes all executive decisions on the Council.
Tabling amendments to proposals on changing the Council’s Constitution, considered at today’s (Tuesday 7th March) full County Council meeting, the Welsh Lib Dem group received support from across the Council to secure enhanced roles for the Chairs of its three main scrutiny committees, including their full membership of the Council’s Strategic Overview Board, which scrutinizes service delivery performance. Until now only Cabinet members have been entitled to sit on that Board.
Commenting on the changes to the Council’s Constitution, Cllr Kelvyn Curry, Chair of the Council’s Place Scrutiny Committee, said-
“These are important changes that will greatly improve the scrutiny of the Cabinet’s work and decision-making. We have too often seen in recent times the Cabinet take poor decisions, often because the proposals have not benefited from review by the Scrutiny Committees before the decisions were made.”
Cllr. John Morris, Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee said:-
"Scrutiny Committees will now not only be able to examine proposals that are in the Cabinet’s forward work programme, but thanks to one of our amendments agreed today, Scrutiny Chairs will have to be informed before any urgent or emergency items are taken to Cabinet.”
Group Leader, Cllr. James Gibson-Watt, who presented the constitutional amendments at the meeting said:-
“These changes build on the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group’s continuing efforts to create a more open county council, as well as helping to improve the quality of its decision-making.”